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Archive for October, 2011

Gig #22, Chris & Kathleen’s Twin’s Baptism & Adoption Celebration

Gig #22
10/16/11

The Gig:
Kathleen found me through Craig’s List. She emailed me and explained that they were hosting a party to celebrate the baptism and recent adoption of their 16 month old twin boys that they have been foster parenting since they were six weeks old and wondered if I would come out and play. I initially declined because I thought that we were going to be out of town but those plans fell though so I happily accepted. I emailed my set list to Kathleen so she could help select the songs that she felt would be best for their party. I wanted to make sure that I didn’t sing anything that they might find distasteful for the event. With my set list tweaked, the gig was booked. The gig was at St. Peter’s Hall in Eaton Rapids.

The Lesson Learned:
Not necessarily a new lesson learned, but even though it was a cool day and guessing that the heat had probably already been turned on for the season, I brought a fan. I’m glad I did – I was right.

The Music:
I arrived and was ready to play on time but Kathleen said that before I even arrive that the crowd was starting to thin out. So I set up as fast as I could (again the fan thing came in handy) and started playing. I think I played for about an hour and a half straight through with no break. I only set up one speaker somewhat behind me which was sufficient so I could hear myself. I thought the sound was good and received a lot of nice comments on the tone of my voice.

It was a nice gig. Again, yes I gained more experience as a performer but I was also treated to an experience as well. That was to meet Kathleen and Chris. Obviously, two kind souls who adopted these twins, which grew their already family of five to a loving family of SEVEN. God bless you both.

Special thanks to:
• Kathleen and Chris for unselfishly opening up their arms and hearts to welcome and join these two beautiful boys with their family.

Looking forward to the next one,
Tim

Gig #21 Nixon Hills Subdivision Annual Block Party

The Gig:
This gig was easy to get. We live in this subdivision…or if you’re a critic (Jeff A) I’m not in the subdivision, I’m on the edge of it, anyway, glad to do it. The road was blocked off. We had a kids bike parade, kids games, food, friends and then an adult afterglow party later in the evening. I set up a tailgate tent as my stage, set up my gear and starting playing

The Lesson Learned:
This was the first time I put my new equipment to the test outside. I had one speaker on a stand centered at about 6ft high and pointed it in the direction of the games being played in the back yard of the house, I was set up in the front. I set the other speaker at about 5 feet high and directed the sound about 90 degrees from the other one. I did a sound check and got signal from a couple of friends to turn it up until they gave the green light. From the comments I received, the sound was crisp and clean all the way to the back yard (about 70 yards). That was great to hear. My intention when I purchased these speakers was to buy enough power and quality to do gigs outside, so this was great news.

A lesson I had learned before but was reiterated to me again on this gig is I may have played a little too hard the night before which did take a toll on the quality of my performance. Some people are slow learners.

The Music:
I played about 3 hours with 2 breaks with no repeats.
I’ve been adding new songs to my repertoire and try to work them in when I can and to work on polishing them up. What I’m saying is that I’m not waiting until I have them flawlessly before I perform them. Performing solo is so impromptu any way that nobody hardly notices or cares if you take the song in a little different direction.

Special thanks to:
• To my buddy Jeff for coming up with the idea that if the Afterglow gig doesn’t work then just do the day party.
• To everyone who worked to put this party together.
• Kristen for the great pictures ( to see more pictures, click on the Photo Album tab and then Gig #21).

Looking forward to the next one,
Tim

Gig #20 HNI Risk Services of Michigan (Art Prize)

Gig #20

9/29/11

Gig #20 HNI Risk Services of Michigan (Art Prize, Top 10)

The Gig:

The gig was at HNI Risk Services of Michigan in Grand Rapids Mi. HNI hosted an open house at their office to celebrate the announcement of the top 10 finalist of Art Private 2011 which is hosted within and by the city of Grand Rapids.  I previously play at HNI Aug. 24 (gig #15) for a gathering that they were hosting and was asked to come back and play this gig.

The Lesson Learned :

HNI wanted me to start as early as possible.  Working a regular full time job, I decided to get a jump on things and set up during my lunch break.  I had enough time to do a quick sound check and got  NOTHING.  No sound… what the hell? I freaked for a minute and franticly checked out all my connections.  I also learned in an instant how fast this type of paranoia could open up the sweat glands in my forehead as if I just finished a 5K run.  I disconnected everything and reconnected and the problem was solve.  I had my guitar cable and the speaker cable switched.

What did I learn?  Slow down boy!!

The Music:

I structured my set list to start out mellow and quiet, and then ramp up the tempo to match the mood of the gathering. I kept the music pretty low key the first 3 hours.  After that, most of the guests moved into the room I was in and the party ramped up, and so did I.  I played for 5 hours total at which point the tips of my fingers on my left hand (chord hand) looked like rail road tracks.  It was getting difficult to form a clear sounding chord.  I took a couple 15 minute breaks and couple very quick breaks near the end. My voice held out good.  It must be all the singing in the truck while commuting an hour each way to work everyday.

Special thanks to:

  • Randy and his partners for giving me another opportunity to hone my skills.

 

Looking forward to the next one,

Tim